The globalization of business creates a need for law firms able to handle international and cross-border litigation. Munger, Tolles & Olson has litigated numerous cases, both locally and abroad, involving foreign corporations, foreign governments, international branches of American corporations and more.

The international litigation handled by the firm often involves complex issues encompassing intellectual property, the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues and other cutting-edge topics. Munger Tolles’ work has earned the trust of many leading multinational corporations, which regularly turn to our attorneys to handle sensitive global matters.

Although many of our international matters are confidential, a brief overview of the firm’s experience includes representing:

  • Archer Daniels Midland in securing a ruling from a U.S. District Court that corporations are not subject to lawsuits under the ATS for their overseas operations. This ruling, which broke new ground in this area, was followed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and now is being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
  • Vostu, Brazil’s market leader in social gaming, in its defense and countersuit against copyright infringement claims made by Zynga Inc., a popular U.S. gaming company.
  • GE Aircraft Engines, in successfully transferring to a China court three related wrongful death actions arising from an air crash in China.
  • Various entities in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia and Brazil), Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and China), Europe (England, Russia, Germany and Spain) and the Middle East (Israel and the United Arab Emirates), in conducting internal investigations into alleged FCPA violations.
  • An international party, in litigation arising from an offshore oil refinery explosion.
  • An international oil company in five-related international arbitrations, resulting in a recovery of over $285 million from insurers for environmental liabilities.
Jeffrey L. Bleich (415) 512-4007
Jerome C. Roth (415) 512-4010